| Siti Hajar |
THE Brunei Government has invested much to provide top-notch quality education for its citizens to achieve the Brunei Vision 2035 of producing a ‘highly-skilled and educated’ workforce.
This year, the third cohort of students namely Siti Nurul Azian binti Zakaria and Nur Liyana binti Haji Ahmad, received the ‘Chancellor’s Scholar’ award during the recent get-together with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and other members of the royal family in London.
A signing ceremony between the two academic talents in London and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) represented by Vice Chancellor Dato Paduka Dr Hj Zulkarnain bin Hj Hanafi was held in the presence of senior government officials and family members.
It also symbolises the students’ journey as academics, leaders, managers and planners as UBD primes itself as an institution with high calibre staff to promote its visionary education programmes.
The first recipient and the eldest child among six siblings, Siti Nurul Azian binti Zakaria was awarded her first overseas government scholarship in 2008 where she pursued a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics at the University College London. She later achieved First Class Honours followed by a 2011 Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) scholarship to major in Chemistry also at the University College London.
Under the Chancellor’s Scholar programme, Siti Nurul Azian will pursue her doctorate also in chemistry at the same university. Among her experiences include participating in the 2014 Electrochem conference and was given the opportunity to present her research that landed her the Springer Publisher Poster Prize. She has also visited the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Paris and initiated a number of experiments to obtain data for her work.
The second recipient and third among 10 siblings, Nur Liyana binti Ahmad did her ‘A’ Levels at the Bedford High School for Girls in the UK and was followed by a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Imperial College London under the JPKE as well as Ministry of Religious Affairs scholarship.
The latter also funded her Immunology study programme at the Imperial College London.
Under the Chancellor’s Scholar, Nur Liyana will undergo her doctorate programme in Clinical Medicine also at Imperial College London slated to begin in January next year.
A member of the Royal College Science and placed within the five percentile among her peers, Nur Liyana’s achievements and experiences include a 10-week work placement with the Department of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London and receiving in-depth exposure to the field of Epidemiology.
Later, under her own initiative, she was given a work placement at the Faculty of Science with UBD and had also attended the British Society for Immunology Congress and the Royal Veterinary College Treg Symposium.
The Chancellor’s Scholar, under the purview of UBD, is open to post-graduate students from prestigious international universities who will undergo developmental programmes that include mentorships that aim to provide them with a holistic experience.
Thus far, five PhD students have been awarded the scholarship and applications for the 2015/2016 session will be opened next year.